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Unwed Births Internationally

This page contains information concerning international birth rates to unmarried parents and international public opinion on child birth by unmarried parents. New information on these subjects will be added as it becomes available.

Births Out of Wedlock

Country

 

Births out of wedlock as % of all births

 

Austria 29
Belgium 15
Britain 37
Denmark 46
Finland 37
France 39
Germany 18
Greece 3
Iceland* 65
Ireland 27
Italy 8
Netherlands 19
Norway* 49
Portugal 20
Spain 11
Sweden 54
Switzerland* 8
European Union 24
United States 32

* Not a EU member

Source: Eurostat yearbook, 1999 - released 10-14-99, publication no. 105/99


International Views on Unmarried Births

"Do you think it is, or is not, morally wrong for a couple to have a baby if they are not married?"

Country

 

Wrong

 

Not Wrong

 

India 84% 14%
Singapore 69% 11%
Taiwan 55% 26%
United States 47% 50%
Guatemala 38% 56%
Thailand 37% 57%
Mexico 31% 67%
Canada 25% 72%
Great Britain 25% 73%
Spain 21% 73%
Lithuania 16% 75%
Hungary 16% 81%
Colombia 10% 87%
Germany 9% 90%
France 8% 91%
Iceland 3% 95%

Note: "No opinion" omitted.

Source: International Gallup Poll conducted in 1997.

 

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